Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT)

Intravenous (IV) Therapy

The OPAT service allows patients who are medically stable to complete their IV antibiotic treatment at home rather than staying in hospital.  

The team, made up of eight specialist nurses, provide care to patients in their own home, care home or rehabilitation setting throughout Kirklees. 

The team works closely with colleagues within the hospital settings to enable review of patients progress and escalate any concerns identified.

The care involves:

  • Administering the antibiotic either by bolus (push of antibiotic over 5 minutes) or infusion (via a bag infused over 30 mins)
  • Use of Elastomeric devices – these are on a case by case basis
  • Care and maintenance of venous access
    • Cannula - this is a flexible plastic tube, that is inserted into the vein
    • Central line - this is like a cannula but is much longer and goes all the way up to a vein near the heart or just inside the heart
    • Removal of cannulas and non-tunnelled central lines
    • Maintaining the patency of the access by flushing the device and reducing infection by changing the dressing
  • Obtaining bloods when required
  • Supporting patients with their implanted ports

What to expect when at home

The first visit will usually be within 24 hours of leaving hospital and a full assessment will be carried out. This visit will involve a full check of all equipment sent home on discharge, an explanation of what the treatment will involve, contact details for the service, setting up of any additional equipment required and confirmation of timings of future visits.

The nurse stays with the patient throughout the required intervention, this could be between 30-60 minutes.

Sometimes patients can feel anxious about having IV Therapy at home. The team regularly receive excellent feedback about the support and reassurance they provide to patients.


Patients who are on the OPAT caseload remain under the care of the consultant from the discharging trust but if you have a patient who you feel would benefit from IV Therapy please give the service a ring and we would be happy to provide advice.



"The ladies approached me with consideration and care. My needs were easily identified and swiftly sorted."

"All the team are very approachable and friendly. I was immediately put at ease and felt in safe hands. Any questions I had were answered or the answer found. I have to say this service has been fantastic after initially I was worried, my worries proved to be unfounded."

"Very efficient, very friendly team, I couldn’t have had better care. Much preferred being at home that in hospital."


OPAT Team: 07908 529195.

Locala Single Point of Contact on 0300 304 5555.

The OPAT Team operate 7 days a week 8am-9pm.

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